The world’s largest family history show Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham this April (6-8) for its 11th year with the help of former Strictly Come Dancing and Casualty Star Sunetra Sarker, local historian Carl Chinn, and Sir Tony Robinson as well as DNA expertise, military vehicles and a 1940s sitting room.

The event will see over 130 of the top exhibitors and local family history societies descend on the NEC from all over the world to share their expertise and provide access to their billions of genealogy records.

On Thursday (6 April) there will be ‘unseen footage’ and a chance to meet the team behind the popular Danny Dyer’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? The session will reveal the surprising twists and turns that Danny’s research took, from his working-class roots in London’s East End to a stately home and the heart of the Tudor Court.

The matriarchs from the hit BBC Two series, The Victorian Slum sees Mandy Howarth and Heather Potter present at the show on Friday (8 April). They moved their families into a poverty stricken Victorian London where their genealogy became a reality. They’ll talk about what life was like in the slum, and be joined by local historian Carl Chinn who also appeared in the series.

Celebrity Saturday (Saturday 8 April) will welcome Strictly Come Dancing and Casualty Star, Sunetra Sarker. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about her Who Do You Think You Are? journey and ask questions about her experience. In Sunetra’s episode she reconnected with her Bengali heritage and discovered her family connections to the most turbulent episodes in India's history.

As well as all of this, Dig for Victory will also be bringing history alive by depicting Home Front Britain during WWII with a mockup of a 1940s sitting room for visitors to experience. This will be complete with period furniture, 1940s music and a rare Morrison shelter. These shelters were common place as work benches after the war, the majority of which have now been scrapped.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to have family treasures dated by Antique Roadshow experts Eric Knowles and Marc Allum. There will be plenty of other experts on hand to help with dating photographs, and a dedicated military area offering advice to those researching ancestors involved in conflict.

FACHRS will be on STAND 45

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